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Development Services to Co-Host Urban Design and Noise Symposium


City of Portland, Bureau of Development Services











May 15, 2009


Contact: Alisa Cour, Bureau of Development Services 503.823.4017

Portland, OR - On May 19, 2009, the Acoustical Society of America (ASA) and City of Portland’s Bureau of Development Services will co-host a day long symposium on the topic of good urban design and construction approaches to limit the impact of noise pollution on the health and livability of communities.

"We are reaching out to other government officials, planners, architects, university professors, interested citizens and engineers to commence one of the first multi-discipline dialogs on the topic of noise pollution here in the United States," said Paul van Orden, the city’s Noise Control Officer with the Bureau of Development Services.

The Bureau of Development Services and the ASA are pleased to have this conversation in Portland where one of the first comprehensive Noise Control Programs was developed in the mid-1970’s by Dr. Paul Herman, the city’s former Noise Officer.

Some of the topics this event will cover include:

  • Perspective on governmental needs to address noise as a growing health issue
  • A discussion on the challenges of writing effective zoning and noise code language with Dr. Paul Herman
  • Perspectives on building site and design to address noise impacts
  • Exploration into the use of soundscaping to address noise impacts in an urban setting with Professor Brigitte Schulte-Fortkamp from the Institute of Fluid Mechanics and Engineering in Berlin, Germany

The symposium will be held on May 19, 2009 from 8:00am to 5:00pm at the Portland Building located at 1120 SW 5th Avenue, Portland, OR 97204, 2nd Floor Auditorium. You can download a registration form and get additional information about this event by visiting:

If you have general questions, please call the Bureau of Development Services Noise Control Office at (503) 823-7350.

About the Bureau of Development Services (BDS):
The City of Portland's Bureau of Development Services (BDS) promotes safety, livability and economic vitality through the efficient and collaborative application of building and development codes. In 2008, BDS staff issued 10,000 development permits, performed 193,000 permit inspections and processed 977 land use reviews for residential and commercial properties. For more information, visit our website at or call Alisa Cour at (503) 823-4017.



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